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We stayed at the Urban Beach in Bournemouth after visiting friends for a big 50th birthday party, and were not disappointed. The rooms were really clean and tidy, and the bed was huge, so could not wait to go to sleep in it when we arrived! All the linens were fresh and clean and the en-suite bathroom nicely tiled and modern. The hotel itself is about 5 minutes walk away from the beautiful beach, and in summer it's fantastic.
The only downside is it's round the corner from Boscombe high street which can be not a very nice place to be at night, however overall the hotel makes up for this. The main centre of Bournemouth is around a 25 minutes walk away, but there are regular buses and taxis you can catch to take you there.
The hotel has a lovely outdoor seating area where you can sit down and watch the world go by while sipping a cocktail. The food is delicious, the breakfasts superb - best full english I've had in a hotel for a long time and the service is the icing on the cake. All staff are friendly, helpful, without being too in your face or false. This is a genuinely nice place to eat and stay.
The hotel can be quite pricy (we paid around £90 for the one night), however it was a lovely hotel and room, and most hotels in and around Bournemouth are within that price range.
With the new surf reef being built in Bournemouth due to open shortly, I will be going back to the Urban Beach hotel, as it's right next to the location of the reef, however i anticipate the prices will increase when the whole develpoment is finished.
The Stratosphere Tower is right at the top of the strip, so it's abit of walk to get to, however it's definitely worth it when you get there. We stayed in the Stratosphere for 5 nights last year, and had a room overlooking the strip (other rooms are available without the view for a slightly cheaper price). I must say the views from the room and the tower itself were spectacular, especially at night, and you get a great view of all the other hotels and casinos. The room itself was basic but nicely furnished and we were given complimentary tea and coffee with making facilities. The beds were really comfy, but it can be abit noisy at night sometimes with people coming back from the casinos. The pool was nice too however it normally closed by 8pm on the nights we were there (it was winter so low season). In the tower itself they have a fantastic restaurant with alot of choice-the prices were good-you could eat for around $50 per couple for an evening meal- and had great views again, as well as the rollercoaster which I couldn't bring myself to go on as it tips you right over the edge (the thought of it still makes me feel ill!) The price for the room was fantastic too-we paid £150 for our double room for the 5 nights and felt it's worth every penny. The whole place was clean and tidy and staff were on the whole very friendly. When we needed extra towels one day they came with them to our room within 2 minutes but did expect a tip, however I didn't mind giving it them. If you have never been to Las Vegas, you must go the to the tower even if you do not stay there. I would recommend the hotel for the price and facilities, the only downside being as above located right at the top of the strip, so its about a 15 minute walk to other hotels like Treasure Island and the Luxor.
With Take That deciding to split in 1996, a year after Robbie Williams left, I have to say I was slightly heartbroken. They were the best band around at the time, and all us girls were left with were East 17 and Boyzone, which I feel were not a patch on them. I was a big fan at the time, but didn't go so far as to ring the helplines etc that were available due to them going their seperate ways. Anyhoo when they burst back onto the scene with this album I must say the excitement from my earlier years returned and couldn't help but love them again. 'Beautiful World' was released shortly after their first single 'Patience', and with that being such a smash hit, the album was sure to be follow in it's footsteps. The boys from the band seemed to still have that magic about them in the songs, however seem to come across more mature and leaned towards a slightly new direction in music this time around. With Mark Owen and Jason Orange taking lead vocals in 'Shine' and 'Wooden Boat' respectivelt, they prove they weren't just there to make us girls scream their names! I believe this album is full of fantastic melody and writing ability, and is definatley a 'long-player' of an album, rather than just worth a buy for their top-ten singles as i've mentioned above. I would recommend this album to anyone that likes good music to chill out to, but also to get up and have a boogie on a friday night to also! Welcome back Take That!
Having been a die-hard fan of the 'That' since the early days, there comeback was really welcomed and this being their fifth album was not a dissappointment. It's their second album released from the boys since their big return 2-3 years ago, and they have turned from what some may describe as a cringe-worthy boy band to a credible vocal group who can sing and write great songs. With the majority of the songs being led by the god that is Gary Barlow (!), it has a more sultry and romantic feel to it, with songs like track 2's 'Greatest Day' and 7's 'How did it all come to this'. Overall Take That have really raised the bar from their previous album 'Beautiful World' which I didn't think they would be able to do. With tracks like their newest single 'Up all Night' it is one you can play in the car when driving along the open road, and dream of getting home for that nice glass of wine! Take That just keep getting better-if you haven't already go and get your copy now as it's a must for Take That fans out there.
Having heard about this show in London, i couldn't wait to get my tickets when it came to my area on tour. Thriller Live is a concert-style show that celebrates the work of legendary performer Michael Jackson. This musical anthology begins with Jackson's early years as a teen sensation with the Jackson 5 belting out ABC with his brothers and sisters and Stop! Those looking for history of Jackson's personal life should look elsewhere as this theatrical extravaganza is a breathtaking celebration of a musician whose work spans over three decades.
Jackson's vocals are provided by six very different singers who all bring a certain magic to each instantly recognisable hit. MJ Mytton-Sanneh plays the bundle of energy that led the Jackson Five in a strikingly accurate vocalisation for hits such as I Want You Back and the delightful Ben. Being so young he was a fantastic vocalist and a great performer. Dwayne Wint, Hayley Evetts (from Pop Idol) and Peter Murphy help fill in the middle years and hits such as Blame it on the Boogie and Rock With You, while Michael Anthony Duke brings to the stage some of the classic choreography that epitomises Jackson's Thriller and Bad period, including the moonwalk and his groin-grasping, tip-toeing moves.
This is very much an ensemble company and the dance team here deserve a special mention. The choreography paints as lively and informative a picture of the changing decades as do Jackson's songs, and some of the set pieces, particularly the Billie Jean/Thriller/Bad set are, quite literally, thrilling (!)
If you like Michael Jackson but were not fortunate enough to grab tickets for his upcoming tour then this is definitely worth a night out. The cast include all of the audience and welcome you to stand up and dance to one hit after another with them. I will be going back next time they're in my home town, as the singers on tour are subject to change, so I can't wait for next time! Fantastic!
I recently bought Wagg guinea pig Munch for my guineas as it was on sale for £1.57 for a massive 2kg bag at my local pet store. With the bright orange and blue packaging it was easy to spot and the piggies on the front looked happy so I thought I'd give it a go. The Munch contains a healthy combination of nutritious ingredients with added Vitamin C to help keep your guinea pig happy and healthy. My guineas love the food, I give it to them every day as they have a constant supply of hay and I take them in the garden every couple of days to munch on the dandelions and grass. The Munch contains no artificial colurs or flavours all the ingredients are wholesome with yeasts and fibres to help with digestion and provide a strong immune system for your pet. My guineas' coats are certainly alot shinier and more lustrous since eating the Wagg Munch and can't wait for me to feed them in the morning. The main ingredients are peas, wheat, oats, wheatfeed, oatfeed, toasted soya, maize, grass, sunflower extract, apple, and extra vitamins and minerals. If you are looking for a cheap but good quality and tasty food for your pet then i recommend Wagg Munch.
Well after learning one of my closest friends got 5 numbers on the lottery last weekend having registered with national-lottery.com I decided to give it a go. The setup was really easy-you enter your basic details, e.g. name, email address, date of birth, address and choose a username and password like most sites. Then you must register a debit card to your lottery account and add funds to play the games and buy the tickets. I started with a cool £5 as not much of a gambler unless I'm winning and this was the minimum amount. Then it's just a case of picking your numbers for whichever games you wish to play, whether it be Lotto, Euromillions, Dream number. I've gone for the safe Lotto one liner so will be keeping my fingers crossed tonight! If you are lucky enough to win, the site emails telling you it has some exciting news and to log on to your lottery account-not telling if you have won, and if so how much. If you are lucky enough to win, this is then paid direct into your debit card account by BACS, however anything over £5000 must be claimed via the telephone helpline. Playing the lottery is so much easier online, and there will be no more lost ticket traumas or forgetting to check the numbers yourself as the website does it for you.
I got Monopoly on the Wii a little while ago-the main attraction being the price (around £15) and the fact I love to beat the rest of my family at the board game!We played it as a 4-player game at first, each with seperate controller, and was great to roll the dice with the remote and bargain with the other players. The game's great fun if you're having a family gathering or party but can be abit long-we were playing for around 3 hours straight! Saying this however, it's great to play 1-player as there are other games like 'Richest player' and all of the mini games, where you challenge the computer to break out of jail first or fill your safe with the money bags before it does! Overall it's well worth a buy, however as i said before you do need time to sit down and play if playing in a group. Also make sure your competitors are willing to barter their deeds for others or it will be a VERY long game!
Zack and Wiki on the Wii is one of the bext games you can buy. It's great if your new to the Wii as it gets you used to how the controls work and which buttons do what! It was very addictive, and I played it over a period of 3 months (with a little help along the way from the Oracle that is!). When I finally thought I had completed the game and defeated Barbaros there was a twist which meant the game starts all the way back to the beginning again. I can't bring myself to play all the levels again yet though! All in all it's a fab game and reminds me of Monkey Island on the PC and PS2. If you were a fan of these games, you will definitely like the puzzles and games in this one. The game is for 7+ years, however I'm in my 20s and found it quite difficult at times!With it being so cheap to buy at the moment also, it's definitely worth the £10-15 price tag.
My partner and I decided to go on a day out to Gunwharf Quays today for a spot of shopping and fancied a bite to eat for lunch. Seeing La Tasca we decided to try it out, having never eaten tapas before, and were intrigued as to what dishes they offered and pricing etc. I must say the food was excellant! We had a mixture of tapas including croquettes, prawns and the meatballs (meatballs are a MUST if you go!). The price was fab too-under £30 including all food (of which there was alot!) and drinks-with sangria of course! The only down side was we should have gone tomorrow as would have received 50% discount with the voucher on their website. Nevertheless I was extremely impressed, everything tasted fresh and full of flavour, and will be recommending it to friends and family. Next time I'm in Portsmouth again, I will definitley be lunching at La Tasca!